Nova Scotia

Man sentenced to 10 years for IWK shooting

A man involved in a shooting outside a Halifax children's hospital in 2008 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A man involved in a shooting outside a Halifax children's hospital in 2008 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Shaun Ryan Smith pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting of Jason Hallett outside the IWK Health Centre on Nov. 18, 2008.

On Wednesday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Kevin Coady sentenced Smith to 10 years in prison with credit for the two and a half years he has already served.

Coady said Smith's attempt to kill a rival gangster who was visiting his new baby at the IWK Health Centre was a "cold-blooded" and "brazen" act.

While Smith didn't pull the trigger on Hallett, he drove the shooter — Aaron Marriott, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his part in the case — to the children's hospital.

Hallett — a young man with links to the Melvin crime family — was wounded in the wrist when several shots were fired at him while he was in his Jeep Cherokee. Shortly before, he had stepped out of the front entrance of the hospital after visiting his spouse and new baby.

Smith also drove the getaway car and later advised the owner of the car to report it stolen and get rid of it.

In an apology to the court on Wednesday, Smith said his sister has had a baby in the hospital and he now understands the risks created by using the maternity and children's hospital as a place to shoot someone.

He also told the court that he understands more of what Hallett went through because Smith himself was shot five times, just two months after that incident.

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